A unique programme to develop a culture of whole-school staff wellbeing and mental health
The only school improvement programme to focus exclusively on developing
a culture of staff wellbeing and mental health
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The Waters Index of Teacher Burnout and GoVox
Just two of the powerful tools in the Teach Well Toolkit
The Waters Index of Teacher Burnout
Adapted from Freudenberger's 12 Stages of Burnout
A teacher self-evaluation tool to estimate
risk of burnout
Click on the image above to download the
Waters Index of Teacher Burnout
GoVox Staff Wellbeing and Mental Health
(Premium & Ultimate versions of Teach Well Toolkit)
Can you afford not to take action to improve teacher wellbeing and mental health?
The cost of absence per year is estimated by the Chartered Institue of Personnel and Development (CIPD) to be £797 per employee for primary schools and £1,328 per employee for secondary schools,
based on working days lost at an average of 7.4 days.
That is the cost of absence for every employee, not just those who are absent
In a primary school with 50 staff = £39,850 per year. In a secondary school with 100 staff = £132,280 per year
The Teach Well Toolkit: Foundation costs £302 less than the average cost of absence for one primary teacher per year and £883 less than the average cost of absence for one secondary teacher per year.
Even if you only reduced staff absence by 20% by implementing the Teach Well Toolkit,
you would save £7970 per year in a primary school and £26,456 per year in a secondary school!
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The Teach Well Toolkit
A unique whole-school change strategy programme
Implement a culture of staff wellbeing and mental health in your school
Meet the Ofsted Leadership and Management criteria for
'Outstanding' and 'Good'
NEW FOR 2020-21
NEW: Ultimate Version of Teach Well Toolkit
NEW: GoVox Staff Wellbeing Feedback Tool: Premium and Ultimate versions
Choose which Toolkit suits your budget, school context and ambition
Teach Well Toolkit: Foundation, Premium & Ultimate
Teach Well Toolkit
Less than 83 pence per teacher per month for school with 50 teachers!
Best for: schools with a limited budget or who have made a start on their staff wellbeing journey and don't need one-to-one support
Less than £1.66 per teacher per month for school with 50 teachers!
Best for: schools that have some staff wellbeing strategies but need a more co-ordinated and joined-up approach and our support
Only £1.75 per teacher per month for school with 50 teachers!
Best for: schools that have not made a start on staff wellbeing but are committed to a whole-school approach over the next 12 months and need our support
Everything in Premium Teach Well Toolkit
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Scroll down to review the Ofsted criteria for staff wellbeing
in Leadership and Management
Ofsted Inspection Framework: Sept 2019
The Teach Well Toolkit addresses the Ofsted requirements for teacher wellbeing
* Did you know?
* Your school can't get 'Outstanding' in Leadership and Management unless
there are high levels of staff wellbeing.
* Did you know?
* Your school can't get 'Good' in Leadership & Management unless
the pressure on staff is taken into account.
there is a clear strategy to develop and strengthen the staff.
staff workload is managed as integral to their wellbeing.
it protects staff from bullying and harassment.
Not our words. The words of the Ofsted Inspection Handbook (Sept 2019).
School Inspection Handbook (Sept 2019)
Leadership and management: (Section 229: Page 64)
'Important factors include:
◼ the extent to which leaders take into account the workload and well-being of their staff, while also developing and strengthening the quality of the workforce.'
'In order for the leadership and management of a school to be judged outstanding, it must meet all of the good criteria securely and consistently, and it must also meet the additional outstanding criteria (Section 278: Pages 74-75)
◼ The school meets all the criteria for good in leadership and management securely and consistently.
◼ Leadership and management are exceptional.
In addition, the following apply:
◼ Leaders ensure that highly effective and meaningful engagement takes place with staff at all levels and that issues are identified. When issues are identified, in particular about workload, they are consistently dealt with appropriately and quickly.
◼ Staff consistently report high levels of support for well-being issues.
◼ Leaders engage with their staff and are aware and take account of the main pressures on them. They are realistic and constructive in the way they manage staff, including their workload.
◼ Leaders protect staff from bullying and harassment.
Download a copy of the
Ofsted School Inspection Handbook
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The Cost of Staff Illness...
Being a Teach Well School makes financial sense.
Watch as the slides move across the screen.
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In a primary school with 50 staff, of which 25 are teachers, the average number of working days lost through sickness is 370.
In a secondary school with 150 staff, of which 50 are teachers, the average number of working days lost through sickness is 1110.
According to the School Workforce Census, in 2017/18, a total of 2,025,231 million days were lost to teacher absence through sickness, with an average per teacher of those absent through sickness of 7.4 days. 54.4% of all teachers were absent through sickness in 2017/18.
Cost per day
£200 in pay per day per member of staff absent.
Add the costs of supply cover and overheads and this figure is at least double.
Cost of absence per teacher
The basic cost of absence in schools is approximately £797 per employee for primary schools and £1328 per employee for secondary schools (based on working days lost at approximately 7.4 according to CiPD Absence Management Survey 2016).
However, in reality, this cost is much higher because it is exclusively based on the salaries of employees on sick leave rather than the cost of temporary supply cover, overheads and indirect costs associated with reduced effectiveness of supply cover on student progress.
Average cost of absence
In a primary school with 100 staff, of which 50 are teachers, the average total cost of absence to the school for a year is £153,692.31. This is based on using supply cover for 50% of the absences.
In a secondary school with 150 staff, of which 75 are teachers, the average total cost of absence to the school is £310,230.77. This is based on using supply cover for 50% of the absences.
What would you do
with the money?
You could cut your school's spending on staff absence by at least 50%.
Reduce workload and stress. Prevent and tackle Burnout. Create a culture of staff wellbeing.
Spend the savings on teaching and learning.
Develop a Whole-School Culture of
Staff Wellbeing and Mental Health
Identify -Action - Monitor - Evaluate - Plan Ahead
Stage 1. Identify: Whole-school Staff Wellbeing
Our iAbacus School Wellbeing Self-Evaluation and Planning Tool and GoVox, Staff Support Feedback Tool, will enable your leadership team to identify where staff are most under pressure and highlight what actions your school needs to take. Imagine an abacus on your screen...it's as easy as sliding beads!
Scroll down to find out more about iAbacus.
Click on the arrow on the image on the right to watch a short video of iAbacus at work
Stage 1. Identify: GoVox Staff Support Feedback Tool
GoVox: Showing staff that you care by taking action where support is most needed
Shows staff you care
Asking teachers and support staff how they’re doing every so often is good practice, but GoVox believes regular, targeted check-ins are the best way to support the Wellbeing and Mental Health of individual members of staff. We promote a culture of regularly checking in through a series of expertly-written questions, in a non-intrusive manner. This shows your staff that you care and that you will take action by prioritising the conversations where support is most needed.
Watch this 60-second video of how GoVox works
Stage 2. Take action
The Teach Well Toolkit will guide you every step of the way. Pre-written documents and emails can be easily adapted to your school's context.
Stage 3. Monitor
Keep an eye on how things are going each term with our online surveys.
Stage 4. Evaluate
Evaluate the impact of your school's wellbeing programme and integrate it with your School Development Plan.
Stage 5. Plan Ahead, Create your Action Plan and Write your Staff Wellbeing and Mental Health Policy
Update your existing Staff Wellbeing and Mental Health Policy. If you don't have one, no problem - simply customise the sample policy in the Teach Well Toolkit.
Scroll down to download our Information Booklet
Download our Teach Well Toolkit
Information Booklet 2020-21
Click on the front cover below
Are your staff looking for a wellbeing coach?
We can help you to find one
We can recommend a wellbeing coach. Just complete the 'Contact Us' box at the foot of this page and tell us what you are looking for.
Are Teachers at Breaking Point?
In May 2019, Steve Waters, founder and director of the Teach Well Alliance, was interviewed by Paige Lampard (@PaigeLampard1). Paige was approaching the end of her training as a journalist and was completing her degree by submitting a documentary on the teaching profession as part of her final assessment. Paige was gathering information on the wellbeing and mental health of teachers and sought Steve's opinion of the retention and recruitment crisis in our schools.
This documentary includes views of teachers who Paige also
interviewed for her project.
Click on the arrow to play the video
October Half-Term Teach Well Toolkit competition
for CEOs or Executive Headteachers or Headteachers of schools that belong to an Academy Trust or Federation
Win a FREE Teach Well Toolkit: Foundation for your school: Worth £495!
If your school is not part of an Academy Trust or Federation, look out for our
Christmas competition for individual schools!
Teach Well Toolkit Competition Rules
* By entering this competition, you are making a commitment to implement the Teach Well Toolkit in your school. If you have not started to use the Teach Well Toolkit by the end of the Autumn term 2020, access will be withdrawn. The school that is in second place in the competition will then be given access.
* Only one school per academy trust or federation is allowed to enter the competition. If there is more than one entry per academy trust or federation, your entry will be invalid.
How to enter:
1) Click on any of the green buttons on this page: "Watch our Video: Claim your Teach Well Toolkit Discount 'Perk'".
This video gives schools a 10% discount on the price of a Teach Well Toolkit: £445.50 instead of £495.
2) Watch the video.
3) Answer this question: 'What is the discount code that gives schools a 10% reduction in the price of the Teach Well Toolkit?'
4) Choose a number between 1-5000.
5) Enter the following 8 pieces of information in the box below. Please check that you have entered all 7 details correctly. If any are missing or incorrect, we regret that your entry will be invalid.
- Your name.
- Your role.
- The name of your academy trust or federation.
- Your school email address.
- The discount code that gives schools 10% discount off the price of a Teach Well Toolkit.
- Your chosen number between 1-5000.
- The name of the school that will be implementing the Teach Well Toolkit in your Trust or Federation.
- The postcode of this school.
6) A number between 1-5000 will be selected at random, using an online random number generator, on Friday 6th November 2020 at 4pm. The winner of the completely free Teach Well Toolkit will be the CEO/Executive Headteacher or Headteacher who has answered the question in 3) above correctly and whose number is nearest to the number selected at random.
7) A video will be uploaded here of the random number being generated and announcing the winner. You will be notified by email when the video has been uploaded.
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